When you enter Defloured Bakery in Chicago, you are greeted with a wall proclaiming, “We believe in the right to dessert for everyone.” I’m not sure I’ve ever thought of dessert as a “right” but as someone with a sweet tooth myself, I can certainly get right on board! Billed as a gluten-free bakery, it’s really a bakery for everyone as whether you eat gluten or not, everything here is awesome (vegan and dairy free options are also available). The desserts at Defloured are indistinguishable (or better) than their “normal” varieties.
The story of Johanna (who actually does not have any gluten sensitivities herself), is one that many people stuck in the routine of their daily lives fantasize about doing but rarely actually put into action. Formerly working full-time in the corporate world, Johanna saw friends of her who had Celiac disease or gluten sensitivities forgoing dessert or eating substandard gluten-free treats. Finding this a frankly completely intolerable situation, she left her job to found Defloured Bakery. With no formal training, she started with little more than an idea and passion for baking just a few years ago. By experimenting different flours, she created her own secret blend that works for cakes, cookies, and all manner of deliciousness (it’s a combination of brown rice flour, sweet rice flour, tapioca flour, potato starch and xanthan gum).
So what to try? Well, the selection changes daily as everything is baked fresh on premises and as such, there are always different items available. But my one of my favorites is the Cinnamon Crumb Cake. It’s sweet and the batter is swirled with house-made seasonal jam; it’s a perfect match for the morning cup of coffee. The cupcakes and cake pops are always hot items but I always sample the cookies. Not to be missed are the soft and chewy Mexican Chocolate Cookies which have a rich chocolate flavor with just a little kick of cayenne. Gluten or no gluten, these cookies rock.
If you can’t make it to Andersonville in Chicago to visit the store, her products are available in many Chicagoland Whole Foods as well as area farmer’s markets. Custom orders are available as well – just send her an email and she’ll put together whatever you need. You may not be able to buy happiness, but you can certainly buy dessert. Dessert from Defloured.
“A party without a cake is just a meeting.”